The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 21, 2014

Ala. man sentenced for copyright violation


Associated Press

— LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — An Alabama man faces two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to copyright infringement in November.

In a news release, prosecutors said Augustus Powell, 54, of Huntsville, Ala. was stopped by police in Louisiana three times in one year and found in possession of thousands of bootlegged movies and music.

U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik in Lafayette, La., ordered Powell to undergo three years of supervised release last week and pay $7,000 in restitution to the Motion Picture Association of America.

Evidence unveiled at Powell's plea hearing in November showed State Police found 1,463 counterfeit DVD movies and 1,225 counterfeit music CDs after an August 2011 traffic stop.

Powell was stopped again in November 2011 by a Calcasieu Parish anti-drug team officer, who found 1,085 bootlegged DVDs and 836 CDs.

In April 2012, Powell was stopped yet again by a Calcasieu anti-drug team officer, who found 511 counterfeit DVDs and 423 CDs, according to the release.

Powell turned over the contraband after each stop.